Natural History Magazine
December 01, 2020
Dancing on a Lotus
A thousand-year-old secret Newar Buddhist dance practice goes global.
March 01, 2018
A Javanese court dance represents and reinforces the power of the sultan and the values of the culture.
March 8, 2023
Nuns Dance to a Song of Interconnection
A visit to Tek Chok Ling Nunnery in Nepal sheds light on the nuns’ unique practice of dancing to Milarepa’s “A Song of Meaningful Connection.”
October 25, 2021
Female monastics claim their legacy of sacred Buddhist dance — empowering themselves and enriching their communities.
June 14, 2021
The Bhutanese Dance Legacy of Pema Lingpa —Still Thriving after 500 Years
On the 500th anniversary of the Great Treasure Revealer's passing, Bhutan hosts a year-long celebration, complete with the sacred dances he taught.
April 27, 2021
The Kung Fu Nuns Dance a Powerful Ritual
The fearless Drukpa nuns are breaking glass ceilings again—this time with ritual performance.
November 11, 2020
Teaching Happiness—Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom Review
Bhutanese film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom offers a Buddhist lesson in true fulfillment.
June 11, 2020
Dancing Tara through COVID-19
A practitioner finds empowerment and community through performing the sacred dance of the Buddhist deity, Tara, using Zoom.
November 02, 2018
The Moving Mandala: Inside Bhutan's Sacred Dance Festivals
The story behind the Tantric master who brought sacred dances to the Himalayan region and the singular dance displaying his remarkable manifestations and activities.
Gnawa - Morocco
June 01, 2016
A choreographer expresses the contemporary
paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North
African, Arab, and artist.
March 19, 2023
Naharin’s Enigmatic Hora
The Batsheva Dance Company returned to New York City after a four year hiatus to perform “Hora,” created by Ohad Naharin.
March 5, 2023
Dohee Lee Reimagines a Korean Ritual to Heal - Fjord Review
Dohee Lee invites the presence of her Korean ancestors for her world premiere of “Chilseong Saenamgut (Duringut): Ritual for Sickness.”
February 19, 2023
The Slowest Wave
A groundbreaking collaboration is afoot involving New York City butoh dance company Vangeline Theater, “The Slowest Wave.”
January 29, 2023
The Perpetual Motion of Longing
Sharon Eyal’s “Soul Chain” was created for and performed by tanzmainz, the contemporary dance company of the Staatstheater Mainz in Germany.
October 2, 2022
An inspired program in celebration of Philip Glass's 85th birthday at Kaatsbaan featured five superb choreographers' responses to Philip Glass's etudes for piano played live by the finest interpreters.
August 21, 2022
Mythili Prakash and her collaborators — a second generation of diasporic Indian creatives who are daring to retell their cultural myths.
August 7, 2022
Buddhist Door Global
February 28, 2023
An exploration of tantric song and dance practices at Druk Amitabha Mountain Nunnery on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
August 31, 2022
A tantric traditon from Nepal that brings dance and meditation together
January 15, 2023
Vertigo Dance Company’s time to heal & time to dance
Vertigo Dance Company from Israel brings new work "Pardes" to New York's Baryshnikov Arts Center.
May 12, 2022
During her year-long tenure as artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, classical Odissi dancer Bijayini Satpathy challenged herself and museum visitors to respond to art and dance in new ways.
April 19, 2022
The Limón Company celebrates José Limón’s artistic legacy and brings his humanistic vision into the present moment and landscape.
April 15, 2022
Ashwini Ramaswamy, youngest family member of the Ragamala Dance Company, ventured out on her own creating a bold and refreshing experimental Bharatanatyam work Let the Crows Come.
January 25, 2022
Reggie Wilson / Fist and Heel Performance Group – POWER
Reggie Wison's "Power" is a work borne of reimagining what Black Shaker worship was like in all its amazing complexity.
January 19, 2021
Japan Society – 2022 Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia
Japan Society's contemporary dance festival showcases a new generation of engaging and skillful East Asian performing artists, who are generating refreshing work around new and old ideas.
December 17, 2021
Bijayini Satpathy Premieres Abhipsaa — A Seeking
An artist's journey into and out of solitude.
December 13, 2021
Maya Kulkarni & Kaustavi Sarkar — Woman with a Parrot
Migration of a dance from on-camera to live performance.
November 11, 2021
The Art of Fugue by ZviDance = Bach Cubed
A musical form ignites the pathway for the harmonious collaboration of many distinct voices.
October 31, 2021
Martha Graham Dance Company New York Season: On Human Nature
Opening night program of the Martha Graham Dance Company served up satisfying nourishment for the human soul.
October 25, 2021
Andrea Miller at the Martha Graham 2021-22 Studio Series
Report from a working rehearsal of Miller's new work, Scavengers, for the Graham Company's October season in one week.
September 30, 2021
Ragamala Dance Company Performs Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim
The Joyce Theater reopens its doors to initiate live performances with the Ragamala Dance Company.
Tashi Delek Magazine
The Vertigo Dance Company from Israel inscribes pure poetry written onto the earth.
June 25, 2022
Interview with recipient of the 2022 Jacob's Pillow Award — renowned Belgian-Moroccan choreographer, dancer, and director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
April 25, 2022
Shamel Pitts and his international, multidisciplinary arts collective Tribe present long-delayed New York premiere of Black Hole: Trilogy and Trathlon offering a journey to find healing and home.
March 01, 2017
The Kanze Noh Theatre from Japan took audiences on a journey into their 700-year-old ritualized blend of music, poetry, drama, and dance at the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival.
March 01, 2015 The Early Work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings a program of her early works to Lincoln Center in celebration of 30 years of making and performing dances with her company Rosas. Her dances are informed by a rigorous exploration of music forms and geometric structures.
September 01, 2014 The Legacy of Shiva
In India, the Hindu God Shiva is considered the Lord of the Dance and is believed to have danced the world into existence with his divine movements. This spiritual and artistic energy was renewed at the World Music Institute's "Dancing the Gods" festival as well as Nrityagram's odissi offerings at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
June 01, 2013 What the Body Remembers
The apsaras, or celestial dancers, were always considered to be guardians of the Cambodian people. After the Cambodian culture suffered near annihilation at the hands of the genocidal Pol Pot regime of the late 1970s, its dancers and artists have regenerated their cultural legacy and brought a sampling to New York City in the form of Season of Cambodia.
Jiva Dance Offers Innovative Indian Dance Production Titled The
Dancing the Gods Festival of Indian Dance 2019
Nrityagram Performs Samhāra at the Metropolitan Museum of
Saburo Teshigawara's Sleeping Water at 2017 Lincoln Center Festival
Neena Prasad Dances Amrapali at 2017 Dancing the Gods Festival
A Night at the Museum Celebrating 40 Years of Pentacle
Javanese Shadow Play at Asia Society
Desert Dancer at 2016 Live Ideas Festival
Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India at Brookfield Place
Archive and Badke Open the 2016 Live Ideas Festival
Nrityagram at the Temple of Dendur
Tari Aceh, Folk Troupe from Sumatra, Indonesia Performs at
2015 Dancing the Gods Festival of Indian Dance
Classical Connections with Wendy Whelan, Parul Shah, and
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Performs Rice
Japan Society Presents Traditional Dance and Music from Okinawa
Becoming Another: The Power of Masks, an exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art
Myanmar's Shwe Man Thabin Troupe at Asia Society
Tokyo: Butoh Dance Troupe, Sankai Juku, Performs Umusuna: Memories Before History
Center Stage presents Moroccan Choreographer Hind Benali's Identity
Malavika Sarukkai at Asia Society
El Paso: University of Texas at El Paso celebrates Centennial Anniversary with OperaBhutan
Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
Two Mandalas—One of Sand, One of Dance
White Light Festival at Lincoln Center presents Rajasthani Muslim Musicians in The Manganiyar Seduction
I'm a New York City-based dance writer and frequent contributor to Natural History Magazine and Ballet Review, covering contemporary and traditional dance at home and abroad.
My passion is to learn how people everywhere express themselves through movement and transmit that information. Wherever I travel, I engage with local performing artists and ritual practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of their dances and traditions --a window into how they understand the world.
I joined my first dance circle as a child accompanying
my mother to her weekly
international folk dance sessions at the local community center. Smitten by the physical movement and the exotic music, I sought out formal dance training, and earned a BFA in dance at North Carolina School of the Arts.
After moving to New York and working with several modern dance companies, I developed a creative movement curriculum for young children which I implemented in several New York City Schools.
Much later, I discovered that if I wrote about the dance I observed, I could enjoy the experience again and again.
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